#JamesOnTheAT: 3 Days In, Ready to Drop Weight


Two weeks ago, I posted the photo below to our Facebook page showing what James Willette from our Peterborough, NH store was thinking about bringing along on his 5-7 month journey on the Appalachian Trail.

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While some folks wondered where his pack was and what he was bringing for food, more than a few of our fans commented that James was bringing entirely too much stuff. I didn’t get a final gear checklist from James but he did send me this photo of his pack as it appeared on April 12 after he successfully negotiated Springer Mountain in Georgia:


Despite averaging a respectable 15 miles per day, James informed me via email that he is “ready to shave off some nonessential weight.” As of this moment, I’m not sure what nonessential weight he specifically has in mind. I’ve asked him for details and I’ll share them in the next post. For now James assures me that he and the trail are “getting along nicely.”

As James and I both get used to coordinating and publishing updates from the trail, YOUR feedback is going to be essential. Please leave a comment either here on the blog or on our Facebook page telling us what you’d like know about James’ experiences. Do you want to know what the weather is like? If he’s met anyone interesting (James is hiking solo)? What he’s eating for meals?

Tell us what you’d like to know and we’ll make it happen!
Jim Darroch

1 Comment

  1. Tim Elkin
    April 14, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Hello! I am very excited for the opportunity to ask questions to someone who will be going through all sorts of scenarios on the trail! This is such an amazing resource! For now, I am going to ask James a couple questions about his cooking set. What type of stove are you using? It looks like maybe a Jetboil? what type? How are you utilizing the two pots that you have? what are their capacities? I really look forward to the continued updates, especially the weight that was shed. Hike strong!

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